“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Plymouth in Devon County, England, United Kingdom

Invicta Hotel

Invicta Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
1. Invicta Hotel Marker
An English Heritage Grade II* Listed Building
• Built circa 1845 during the reign of Queen Victoria, the building's original use was as two separate Merchant Traders' houses.
• Designed by the famous architect George Wightwick, a pupil of the renowned architect John Foulston, with the properties being built by William Phillips, an accomplished builder of the day.
• The properties ran independently as lodging houses from 1868-1940 when they were commandeered by the Royal Navy as Naval billets.
• In 1941 the properties were severely damaged by incendiary bombs during the blitz of World War Two which also destroyed most of the neighbouring buildings Sadly, Reginald George Hyett, the owner, was killed in the gardens of the property during a bombing raid along with four military personnel who were trying to defuse a bomb.
• Renamed the Osborne Hotel in 1945, the properties were developed and ran for the first time as one business by the Hyett family, who had owned both buildings since 1890.
• Refurbished as a hostel for The British Sailors' Society 1947- 1950.
• In 1952 the hotel was subsequently refurbished again and renamed The Invicta Hotel by Commander Joseph Palmer RN, a Kentish man. The name Invicta was chosen as it means 'unvanquished, unconquered', which was an appropriate name for a
The Invicta Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
2. The Invicta Hotel
building that survived the blitz and regeneration of Plymouth.
• Since 1968 there has been several owners of this historical building, the present being the Martin Family who acquired the hotel in October 2002.
Source - English Heritage, Plymouth Records Office, Property Deeds
Location. 50° 21.996′ N, 4° 8.624′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, England, in Devon County. Marker is at the intersection of Osborne Place and Citadel Road, on the right when traveling south on Osborne Place. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11/12 Osborne Place, Plymouth, England PL1 2PU, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frank Bickerton (a few steps from this marker); Tribute of Plymouth (within shouting distance of this marker); The Plymouth Naval Memorial (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Plymouth Naval Memorial (about 150 meters away); a different marker also named Plymouth Naval Memorial (about 150 meters away); Drake Memorial (about 150 meters away); Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (about 180 meters away); Plymouth Hoe (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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